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How Proteas fought back twice to deny India in Paarl

Last updated on: January 19, 2022 22:56 IST
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South Africa captain Temba Bavuma celebrates scoring a hundred against India in the first ODI in Paarl on Wednesday

IMAGE: South Africa captain Temba Bavuma celebrates scoring a hundred against India in the first ODI at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen scored centuries and shared a partnership of 204 as hosts South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

 

The home side elected to bat and posted 296 for four in their 50 overs, with Bavuma’s 110 from 143 balls the anchor to go with an unbeaten 129 not out off 96 from Van der Dussen, who scored his maiden ODI ton.

Shikhar Dhawan bats en route a well made 79 off 84 balls 

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan bats en route his well-made 79 off 84 balls. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

India started well as opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 79 from 84 balls and former captain Virat Kohli 51 from 63, but when they were dismissed the touring side struggled to keep up with the required run-rate and finished on 265 for eight.

Shardul Thakur provided lone resistance with an unbeaten 50 from 43 balls, but many of the Indian batsmen struggled for fluency on the slow wicket.

South Africa's Aiden Markram celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's KL Rahul 

IMAGE: South Africa's Aiden Markram celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's KL Rahul. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

Andile Phehlukwayo (2-26) was the pick of the home attack and claimed the key wicket of Rishabh Pant (16), but Tabraiz Shamsi (2-52) and Lungi Ngidi (2-64) also played their part.

Temba Bavuma started off patiently before building a 200-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen 

IMAGE: Temba Bavuma started off patiently before building a 200-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen. Photograph: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters

South Africa’s innings was shaped by Bavuma, who was patient from the start after the home side were in trouble at 68-3 in the 18th over.

His stunning partnership of 204 from 183 balls with Van der Dussen, who was the aggressor with nine fours and four sixes, laid the platform for their above-par score.

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates after dismissing Janneman Malan. 

IMAGE: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates after dismissing Janneman Malan. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

They were particularly impressive in negating the Indian spinners, with seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-48) the pick of the tourists’ attack.

The second match in the series will be played at the same venue on Friday, with the third and final one in Cape Town on Sunday. The results do not count towards the Cricket World Cup Super League.

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